Journey to the River Sea
It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at 13, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon... show more
It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at 13, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in this highly colourful, joyous and award-winning adventure.
Publish date: 2011
Publisher: MacMillan Children's Books
Pages no: 296
Edition language: English
I only put books on my shelf that I would recommend to others. If I can't say good things about a book you won't find it here because many other readers might love what I leave on my 'unreadable' pile - I think that's the fair way to review on a site like this.
Journey to the River Sea is just the kind of book I loved reading as a child. It is set in the late 19th century (I've always enjoyed those books more than the ones set in more recent times) and is an adventure story with strong female characters and intelligent kids. Maia has lost both her parents ...
I really enjoyed this book. It's quite young and unrealistic, but it's the type of book I would like my hypothetical children to read one day. It teaches you to dream big, to not be scared of new things, that reading essential and that there are good people in the world, but also that the bad ones c...
Strongly reminded me of A Little Princess, but I found Journey to the River Sea far more enjoyable, and I don't think that's my bias as an Eva Ibbotson fangirl showing through. Much of what I disliked about A Little Princess can be found here as well, namely a protagonist that can do no wrong. But t...
This was a near-miss for me, but a miss all the same. There were some brilliant lines in this book, and one certainly champions all the Good Children, but there wasn't quite enough of anything to satisfy. There's no real depth to the characters, the animals are not described adequately, the indigeno...